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Start Your Career In Sonography

Enroll in the AHF Vascular Ultrasound Program
Secure Your Place In The Growing Lifesaving Field Of Cardiovascular Sonography!

Vascular Program Summary

  • Vascular specialty program

  • 12-month accelerated program

  • 35+ hours per week

  • 1,678 total hours

  • 800 clinical hours

  • Begin scanning first week

  • Scan real people and patients

Phoenix Campus

JAN & JUL Program Start

Occupational Outlook

  • $75,000 average sonographer annual salary 

  • 90% placement rate

  • Specialized sonographers are expected to have the best job opportunities 

  • Growing field - expecting an increase of 14%  from 2018-2028

Employment Environment

​Sonographers primarily work in hospital settings but can also work in the following medical settings:

  1. Hospitals

  2. Physicians Offices

  3. Medical & Diagnostic Labs

  4. Outpatient Care Centers

About AHF Vascular Ultrasound Program

Established in 1982, the Arizona Heart Foundation School of Cardiac Ultrasound was one of the few programs in the United States dedicated to the development of tomorrow’s sonographers. The School has earned a strong reputation as a leader in cardiac ultrasound education for almost 40 years! The School is licensed by the State of Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and is accredited by ABHES. In 2018, the School debuted its first vascular sonography class and changed its name to the School of Cardiac & Vascular Ultrasound. 

Our faculty’s expertise, coupled with small class sizes, not only prepares our students for the national registry exams but also results in graduates with a discernible difference. More than 500 highly qualified sonographers have graduated since the inception of the program. Our graduates provide quality patient care, possess leadership positions in their profession, and dedicate themselves as life-long learners.

The Vascular program is designed to meet and exceed the minimum clinical clock hour requirements as recommended by Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).

What does a vascular

sonographer do?

Vascular ultrasound sonographers operate special imaging equipment to create images or conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Sonographers and technologists may work closely with physicians and surgeons before, during, and after procedures.

Vascular Ultrasound

Program Start Months

Phoenix Campus

January / July 

Do you have a catalog with all the program details?

Yes we do!  Click to download.

What are the prerequisites for this program?

You must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or GED.

How long does the program take to complete?

The AHF School of Ultrasound offers two programs - both programs are 12-months long.

What are the start dates for the Vascular Ultrasound Program?

Phoenix Campus Start Months


What is the average class size?

The average Cardiac and Vascular class size is 20-22 students

The Cardiac Night Program is limited to 10-12 students. 

What is the time commitment for these programs?

Classroom sessions and clinical rotations average 35-40 hours per week. Hours vary, but typically the Cardiac and Vascular day time programs run 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM Monday-Friday, while the Cardiac Night Program runs 1:00 PM – 7:30 PM Monday – Friday.

When your clinical rotation begins, the schedule is built around 8 hour clinical days and start times can vary based on your assigned facility; however, almost all clinical rotations (including those for the Cardiac Night Program) happen between 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

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